Numerous building projects on Maine highways will affect commutes – WMTW Portland

15March 2021

Several road construction jobs might produce challenges for chauffeurs in and around Portland in the coming weeks and months.Starting Monday, there will be rotating closures of the on- and off-ramps for Exit 7 on Interstate 295 in Portland. That is the exit for Minimal Method and Franklin Street. The ramp closures are anticipated to last for 8 weeks. The work is part of the Back Cove South Storage Facility project and will connect the existing utilities (new or changed) within the crossway of Minimal Method and Franklin Street to the brand-new storage tanks under the Preble Street playing fields.Work is also starting Monday on the next stage of the task to redo and broaden the Exit 45 interchange on the Maine Turnpike in South Portland. Over the next few weeks, building crews will begin setting concrete barriers, restriping the street, shifting traffic far from the average and mobilizing devices, followed by some ramp closures in April. The new interchange is set up to be completed by September of 2022. The job will increase capability for future traffic volumes and move toll payment to 2 new ramp plazas. It likewise consists of a new, greater and broader bridge. In Yarmouth, the Maine Department of Transportation is changing the deck of the bridge that carries Bayview Street over I-295. Teams are likewise adding a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge and raising the height of the bridge rail. Beginning Monday, traffic may be decreased to one lane throughout the day. Flaggers will manage the alternating traffic. On March 22nd, traffic will be decreased to a single lane until early September. The bridge is scheduled to open to two lanes of traffic on Sept. 2.


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